The majority of visitors to Seward arrive during our peak season from June through August, when city streets are bustling with activity, the midnight sun allows for non-stop adventures, and migrating marine wildlife have settled in for a summer of feeding in Alaska’s nutrient-rich waters. As summer fades into fall and the sun begins to set earlier and earlier each day, the number of visitors to Seward reduces dramatically. By the beginning of October, the streets are quiet, the leaves are changing, and Seward seems like an entirely different place than it did only a month before. However, this shoulder season from September through mid-October is one of the best times to visit this beautiful town. With fall just around the corner, it’s never too early to start planning your fall adventures in Seward (and take advantage of some great shoulder-season discounts). Here are the top 4 reasons why you should visit Seward this fall:
1. There’s still lots to do, and great food to eat
There are still plenty of activities to do and places to eat during the shoulder season. Major Marine Tours cruises run until October 15th, with our 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise running until September 24th and our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise running until October 15th. The Alaska SeaLife Center is open year-round and there is plenty to see this fall, including their rescued walrus calf and a new sea lion pup that was born at the Center in June. The area’s many beautiful hiking trails are always open, and you will enjoy them even more with the beautiful fall colors and lack of crowds. The road to the popular Exit Glacier area is usually open until November and the Exit Glacier Visitor Center is open until September 17th. Most Seward restaurants are open through September and some are open year-round, including The Cookery, Apollo’s, and Woody’s Thai Kitchen.
2. Shoulder Season Discounts
Peak tourist season in Alaska brings peak prices. As visitors leave in the fall and availability in hotels and on tours increases, prices decrease. The fall shoulder season is one of the most affordable times to travel in Alaska. Major Marine Tours and Harbor 360 Hotel are offering several fall specials this year. Our best deal is our Seward Wildlife Overnight Package, which includes our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise plus an overnight at Harbor 360 Hotel starting at just $119 per person, based on double occupancy (available from September 25th – October 15th). Our Seward Adventure Overnight Package includes our 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise, overnight at Harbor 360 Hotel, and free tickets to the Alaska SeaLife Center starting at $226 per person, based on double occupancy (available August 22nd – September 18th). If you can’t stay the night in Seward, we are offering our Seward Explorer Package, which includes our 3.5 Hour Cruise and round-trip motorcoach transportation between Anchorage and Seward for $149 (available September 25th – October 15th, Thursday through Sunday only). More information about these fall specials can be found on our Specials & Packages page.
3. Fall Colors
Many locals say the fall is their favorite season in Alaska. Alaska is beautiful in all seasons, but the colorful days of fall offer their own unique, fleeting beauty. The trees are illuminated in shades of yellow and orange, the air is crisp, and the mountains are even more dramatic with their first dusting of snow. The beauty of the drive between Anchorage and Seward alone is enough to justify a trip to Seward in the fall.
4. Peace, quiet, and less crowds
If you’ve ever driven the Seward Highway on a sunny weekend day in the middle of summer, it’s apparent how many people flock to Alaska in the summertime. Summer is a wonderful time to explore the Last Frontier, but fall gives you a chance to experience a calmer, quieter Alaska. The roads aren’t packed with tour buses and RVs. The hiking trails provide peace and solitude. There is more space on tours and activities. Restaurants have no wait times. There is plenty of space at RV parks and campgrounds. The list goes on and on.
For locals and visitors alike, fall is a wonderful time to experience all that Seward (and the rest of Alaska) has to offer. Let Major Marine Tours and Harbor 360 Hotel show you the beauty of fall in Alaska this year. Call us at (907) 274-7300 to book your fall getaway today.